August 29, 1641: Residents of New Amsterdam select twelve men to represent them; their views are disregarded by the authorities who dissolve this board after six months, but this is called the beginning of representative government in New York.
Laurens Block, “Novum Amsterodamum” (New Amsterdam, New Netherlands), 1650. Watercolor. New-York Historical Society,
Gift of C.E. Detmold, 1881.2 http://www.nyhistory.org/node/25140